• By Vanessa Seitz, Midway Correspondent

Midway News and Views

After the adventures of the past few weeks, this week was much quieter. Thankfully! However, looking ahead to the rest of October, there is plenty to look forward to.

Wine & Wood has two events this month. The first is this Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 217 North Gratz Street. This is a program in collaboration with the Midway Library in which adults will make decorative pumpkins out of wine corks. All materials will be provided. Call the Midway Library branch on 859-846-4014 to sign up for this free program. On Oct. 10, Wine & Wood is partnering with Equonny Fitness for “Vino & Vinyasa.” This will be a relaxing yoga class, followed by a glass of wine on the patio. All levels are welcome! The cost is $10 and includes yoga class and one glass of wine. Mats are available. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Wine & Wood via Facebook or call 859-397-6243.

And a reminder that Midway University hosts its “Day for Midway” silent auction and celebration event on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. This annual event is designed to raise funds for student scholarships, bring local members of the community to campus to highlight what is happening at Midway University, and to present the Community Spirit Award.

There will be live music and appetizers from local restaurants, cocktails and a silent auction of more than 100 items, with money raised from the auction going to support student scholarships.

At the event, the Community Spirit Award is given and this year’s honoree is Lillie Cox, Chairperson for the Woodford County Volunteer Group.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Chelly Edwards at cedwards@midway.edu or 859-846-5873 to attend. For silent auction donations, please contact Marsha Melville at mmelville@midway.edu or call 859-846-5878.

Midway Branch Library

The Midway Library branch has several events coming up. “Kentucky Down Under” will be on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Midway Branch Library (or 2 p.m. at the main library in Versailles).

There will be live animals from Australia to see and learn about. Call 859-846-4014 to sign up.

Then, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Midway Library branch will host “Everything Equine” at Midway University’s Equestrian Center. The free event is open to anyone and will give children and adults a hands-on opportunity to learn about horses and the equine industry. There will be opportunities to meet a jockey, see a live grooming demonstration, watch riding demos from the Midway University Riding Team, ride a wooden horse, and learn about horses.

Exhibitors include the Woodford County Library, Midway University and Midway University Equine Program, retired jockey Susie Oldham, McCauley Feeds, Hagyard Equine Medicine, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Please call 859-846-4014 to sign up for this free program.

Finally, on Oct. 25 from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m., the Midway Library branch is hosting a discussion of Midway’s historic churches. All are welcome to come, including church members, to join in the conversation. All historical memorabilia is welcomed. Please call 859-846-4014 to sign up.

Iron Horse Half Marathon

Finally, an event coming up that I may or may not be running in (depending on whether I feel I am ready to tackle the Iron Horse Half Marathon!). This would be my ninth Iron Horse Half Marathon! Yes, I have run the event every year – so it seems a shame to break the streak now! Sunday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, Midway welcomes runners and walkers for a half marathon (13.1 miles) and 12K event.

Roads will be open during the event, but there will be some 1,500-2,000 runners participating, so please plan accordingly.

Race packets can be picked up Friday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at John’s Run/Walk Shop on South Ashland Avenue in Lexington.

There will also be race-day packet pickup from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. at Midway Christian Church for runners who cannot make it Friday or Saturday. (The Bourbon Chase 200-mile relay will also be coming through Midway the same weekend, on the Friday and Saturday).

If you would like to cheer on runners, there are plenty of places to cheer along the route and any encouragement is welcome!

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